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Syphax One For Arch In the Acomb
Thursday, August 18, 2016 RSS Feeds

Syphax may have gone under the radar after overcoming a slow start to win with style over seven furlongs at Musselburgh on debut July 8, but the dark bay was the subject of high praise from jockey Tom Eaves then and justified that by providing his locally-based stable with a bright start to the Ebor meeting. With Eaves on the other Kevin Ryan runner Tommy Taylor (Mizzen Mast) this time, it was Jamie Spencer who was on the rollercoaster ride as his mount exhibited the same sluggishness from the stalls that he had in Scotland. Green and detached throughout the early stages but luckily with a strong pace to run at courtesy of Galactic Prince (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), Syphax was being chivvied along at halfway as he took time to build momentum. Angled out for his effort soon after as William Buick wound up the favourite Best of Days just ahead, the outsider wore down that TDN Rising Star in the final yards as Lockheed made it a tricast of unexposed types leaving the experienced performers behind.

“He was quite raw early and I thought he was going to jump the pathway across the track after a furlong and a half,” Spencer commented. “He didn’t learn a lot at Musselburgh, so it was very much like a horse having his first run today. When Frankie gave his fellow a belt two down he shied away from that and lost sight of what I wanted him to do for a few strides, but then started to motor again and I knew he’d win. Kevin [Ryan] has always liked him–he asked me two months ago to ask Dr Hay to buy him–and before he’d run he said he could be one of the best he has.” His trainer has a trip to the States in mind now and said, “He’s a lovely horse with a great temperament and for the first furlong he was very green and clueless. Jamie is tremendous on horses like this–he holds them together and lets them find their stride. He’s just a big baby and could be a very exciting horse. He’s Breeders’ Cup-eligible and that was always at the back of our minds which is why we stepped him up so far and so quick. We needed to find out now if we had something like that. Whether he’s mentally ready for something like the Breeders’ Cup, I don’t know. If he tells us he’s ready, we’ll think about it. If not, we’ll give him time. It’s not set in stone, but he is a very exciting horse going forward.”

Godolphin’s investment in Best of Days looks a worthy one based on this smart effort. “The winner has made his run from nowhere near us and came too late,” trainer Hugo Palmer said. “I think both the horse and jockey were going to win hands and heels, but the winner has got us at the last minute. Horses don’t learn a lot when they win by six lengths, but he should learn from this. I think we’ll probably look at the [G2] Champagne [S. at Doncaster Sept. 10] and then the [G1] Dewhurst [S. at Newmarket Oct. 8].”

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